Study Explains Why Magic Mushrooms Cause Dream-Like Sensation

Study Explains Why Magic Mushrooms Cause Dream-Like Sensation
(Undated) -- There's a good reason people who take psychedelic mushrooms often say the hallucinogen puts them in a dream-like state. A study was done on 15 volunteers who got MRI brain scans after receiving injections of psilocybin , the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms." Researchers found the psilocybin caused patterns of brain activity that resembled patterns seen when a person is dreaming.
They found neural networks tied to high-level thinking were disorganized while those responsible for brain functions like memory and emotion appeared to be more coordinated. The researchers also plan to examine whether psilocybin can ease depression symptoms and whether it affects creative thinking. The study appears in the journal "Human Brain Mapping."